My whole life has been an elaborate series of shortcuts and weasel-outs, but even I get pedantic when it comes to assembling a proper margarita. You need to use real fruit!!! And if you're not going to spring for Cointreau or Grand Marnier, just skip that step. But since even my pedantry is rimmed with laziness, it should come as no surprise that I'm not dead set against the idea of premixed cocktails.
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We can't afford any of the deluxe Van Halen-level stuff and can't find any of the $15 bottles of 100% agave tequila with which California streets are allegedly paved. The least-expensive real tequila at our liquor store is El Jimador 100% Agave Reposado, which goes for $25 per liter.